File:Chicken thighs in marinade.jpg|thumb|right|275px|Chicken in marinade
'''Marination''' is the process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic, liquid before cooking. The origin of the word alludes to the use of brine
(''aqua marina'') in the pickling process, which led to the technique of adding flavor by immersion in liquid. The liquid in question, the 'marinade', can be either acidic (made with ingredients such as vinegar
juice, or wine
) or enzymatic (made with ingredients such as pineapple
In addition to these ingredients, a marinade often contains oils, herb
s, and spice
s to further flavor the food items.
It is commonly used to flavor foods and to tenderizing|tenderize
tougher cuts of meat
The process may last seconds or days. Different marinades are used in different cuisines. For example, in...